Josh Adams’ second NFL season isn’t getting off to a great start.
The Notre Dame product, who was the Eagles’ leading rusher in 2018, had offseason shoulder surgery and will miss the beginning of offseason workouts, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. NJ.com first reported the news.
Adams, 22, is expected to be back for training camp in the summer.
The Eagles’ offseason program begins today and OTAs begin in early May.
When he does return this summer, Adams will be in a running back room with Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and likely a running back from the 2019 draft class. Despite being the Eagles’ leading rusher in 2018, there’s no guarantee Adams even makes the roster in 2019.
After going undrafted out of Notre Dame, the Eagles brought Adams into their building last year. He didn’t make the initial 53-man roster but was promoted during the season and eventually earned starting duties. But his usage tailed off late in the season and he was basically benched in the playoffs. He played just one offensive snap in the two playoff games. But, apparently, this injury was already bothering him.
The problem for Adams is the addition of Howard, who figures to be the Eagles’ first- and second-down running back. Howard has been able to find the end zone 18 times in the last two seasons and is much better in short-yardage situations than Adams was as a rookie.
Missing this time in the spring certainly won’t help Adams’ chances of making the team in 2019, but he still has that chance if he returns this summer and has a strong training camp.
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